After Effects // Catsino Royale

For our After Effects project, Nico and I decided to combine our passions for casinos and cats to create a narrative around the question of what my dear cats Uni & Schnitzel are up to while I’m at ITP all day and night. The cats have a cardboard box that I often find them hanging out in when I get home, so we were inspired to use the box as a portal to a parallel universe where the cats are expert gamblers in Las Vegas.

We initially wanted the cats to win a bunch of money and bring other animals back to my room for a giant party, but after having shot a bunch of assets of the cats, we realized we animating a ton of animals might be beyond our capacity. We decided to have the cats come back to my room as lions instead – this ended up being such a happy accident as a solution to a problem; I think it works so much better narratively for the cats to come back as lions.

We added a track by Empire of the Sun called, “Walking on a Dream”, and it synced up perfectly to the mood we were going for.

I’m really happy we got to fully delve into After Effects, and that we decided to take on the more challenging route of animating real animals rather than use standard animation-ready assets. It definitely ended up being a lot more work in the end, so perhaps what we ended up with doesn’t feel like it reflects all the days and hours we put into it, but as a result, I feel very comfortable using basic After Effects, and pursuing its tools further.

I love our piece so much and so do my friends! Here it is below: